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    September 1, 2010
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president's envoy to the middle east calls this a window of opportunity for a two state solution, that of course is the final goal. these talks, everyone agrees, all faerparties sitting "around table" will give it one year. if it doesn't bear fruit it's over. the problems, no one needs to be reminded them. you kripted that attack, four israelis dead. we expect him to appear with president benjamin netanyahu here shortly. yesterday the prime minister appeared with hillary clinton, all parties, of course, condemned the attacks, said that they will not be subject to sabotage. in the short term the israeli moratorium expires on september 26th and many people believe if israel lifts that moratorium that's the end of these talks. listen, contessa, there have been successes in these talks in
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this setting at the white house. in 1979 just behind me on the north lawn, anwar sadat sat down with jimmy carter and signed an accord. both of those gentlemen, sadat and rabin paid for that agreement with their lives. they were both assassinated. all the emotion and seemingly never cycle of violence in the middle east. martin, let me turn to you. when we look at issues like attacks that just happened, one jewish settler a pregnant woman killed there, four of them killed in total, how influential can mahmoud abbas be with these hamas hat are willing to take these lives? >> reporter: he's not influential at all. hamas has shown with this athakt
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they are totally against the peace talks in washington, and that they will do anything they can to upset them. of course the israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu immediately seized on this saying this is just proof of the need for israel's security and in one sense, in a tragic sense it gives him ammunition to say look this is a timing, this is what we're up against and so now what helps israel in the sense of presenting its desperate need for security. in that sense these kind of attacks bolsters israel's case. in the past mass has been successful in continuing these attacks and harming the peace process. of course israelis and palestinians are very cynical that they will proceed within a year. >> thank you. so my big question today, how
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can president obama succeed on middle east peace where so many other leaders have failed. i would like to hear your thoughts. you can watch me on twitter or facebook. joining me now is the executive director of the american israeli cooperative enterprise. mitchell bard. mr. bard, how can president obama succeed in pushing forward on middle east peace? >> well, as your correspondents mentioned it's very difficult given the context that we just saw yesterday. the crux of the problem is the continuation of violence and while most israelis have expressed a desire to reach a two state solution with the palestinians, they are very reluctant to give up additional territory in the west bank after their experience in gazaa where they saw withdrawing only created the conditions where hamas was able to launch 10,000 roberts and no one in israel wants to have a hamas stand on the west bank that puts within robert range jerusalem, tel aviv
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and the airport. that's understandable. martin fletcher mentioned you have mahmoud abbas without a lot of influence with the people on the violent side, those who are claiming responsibility for this take. how influential could the king ever jordan and president egypt be? >> both king of jordan and the president of egypt have important roles to play by supporting the palestinians and to encourage them to reach a compromise with israel. as you say, fundamentally abbas has a problem of having no control over the territory where 1.5 million palestinians live and relatively limited control even over the west bank. so israelis are very skeptical even if abbas decides to reach an agreement can he carry it out? >> mitchell can you stay with me. we're waiting for fortunate's comments and for him to address the attack that happened in israel as well.
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in the mean time i want to get some other breaking news. east coast bracing for hurricane earl's might. we're getting pictures of tourists vac wait off of two islands off of the north carolina coast. hatteras and ocracoke. the last one accessible only by ferry. hurricane watches and warnings have been launched. it looks like it will come close to north carolina and end up about 70 miles off of cape cod. lifeguards up and down the east coast are now warning swimmers of the dangerous rip tides and big waves and in some case they are making swimmers get out of the water. hurricane earl brought rain and the wind to the caribbean. the next 24 hours will be crucial to seeing how big the hit is for communities from north carolina to maine and, of course, we don't want to forget the folks in canada as well. this is what earl looks like from space. this picture taken from nasa
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astronauts. on land some tourists hope to ride this thing out. >> hang out and see what happens. >>it's all good. it's vacation snipe love the beach. i'm not scared of it. the weather channel, stephanie abrams in kill devil hills. this thing is coming through as people are beginning their long labor day weekends. >> yeah. that's really an issue here. the other issue is when this storm system moves northbound we're going to get an east wind first so we'll get hit from atlantic side then as it goes past us we'll get more of a west wind and we're going get hit from the sound side. so we could really get a double whammy here on the outer banks when it comes to flooding. as you can see you mentioned the beach, the red flags have goern up, they are urging information stay out of the water. i was here 24 hours ago. surf is definitely higher than it was yesterday. rip current is going to be a big risk. overall, contessa, your
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mentioned the evacuation, a lot of people asking us, it looks like the i-95 corridor eastbound type of event. >> thank you for keeping us in the loop. let's get to bill karins tracking the path of earl. >> this is going over the top of where stefanie is about 24 to 36 hours from now. it's the time frame of when we watch our reporters blowing in the wind. as far as the storm goes still a category 3. a stloormg. going to have wide impacts up and down the coast. this is not the forecast path for a worst case scenario. that would be right along the coastline with the eye of the storm raking up from north carolina to cape cod. we're close to that but ailts big difference just being 100 miles offshore. that's forecast. it hasn't changed much since yesterday at this time. supposed to brush the outer banks. do a little bit of damage there. then parallel the coast on friday up along the new jersey, maryland and delaware shore and make its closest approach out
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there to cape cod come friday night. here's a little closer view. you can see that cone of uncertainty includes boston and cape cod and providence. you're not out of the woods in eastern new england. hurricane bob in 1991 did make landfall. it caused $3 billion of damage. it killed 18 people. if this storm veers a little bit it can do something similar. that's our concern. that's why we're still watching this thing. again, all of our computers, we watch these spaghetti lines, most of them are all trending off the coast. we'll throw that one out for now. we'll go with off the coast scenario. >> those rebels cause us more worries. >> yes. >> bill, thanks. sarah palin may have prompted the biggest upset this political season. she and the tea party backed a little known conservative lawyer joe miller in alaska's republican primary. he defeated lisa murkowski.
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>> we know that we still have outstanding votes to count in this primary. but based on where we are right now, i don't see a scenario where the primary will turn out in my favor. >> she called me tonight and she conceded the race. i wish her the best. i mean she fought a hard race. we obviously need to work together to see that this general election comes out successfully. lisa murkowski did not endorse joe miller when she gave her concession speech. sarah palin post ad tweet. do you believe in miracles? congratulations joe miller. thank you for your service. our folks have done an analysis. she has sort of a mixed track record on backing the winning
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candidate here. sarah palin 58% winning percentage when she has endorsed before elections have actually taken place. >> 58% is better than being at 48% because then we would be talking about how, you know, she's lost that golden touch. but i would also like to add that there's a poll out today that's published in the alaska papers that show 65% of republican voters said that palin's endorsement of joe miller played no role in their decision to vote for him. so, while she's not 100% responsible for his beating senator murkowski, she did play a role just not the decisive role. >> it's interesting to look at her political influence now. she's going headline at this event or headline that event. she makes headlines for sure. >> right. >> megan mccain says look between she ran with my dad and this is megan mccain's new book,
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she says that she shout palin was a time bomb. i was waiting for her to explode. the last fly in between genius and insanity they say and choosing her as the running mate was starting to seem like the definition of that line. i mean, do you think that there are a lot of political insiders and political watchers who question that themselves? >> sure. i mean we've been hearing these sorts ever things about sarah palin on that campaign for at least the last year and a half. remember the series of interviews that were done on "60 minutes" with campaign manager steve schmidt where he basically said the same thing. now backing up what megan mccain is saying, there's a story in "vanity fair" that's out by michael joseph gross that gets into sort of this real ticking time bomb stuff of sarah palin. screaming matches. there's one story i just read in this, in michael's story about
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how sarah palin and todd palin got into a fight with canned goods flying around the kitchen that was seen by an aide who spoke off the record or anonymously. ticking time bomb at home but also ticking time bomb in the sense that while sarah palin gets those crowds out to tea party rallies and things like that it's not clear that she's channelling that energy. >> -- into something not productive butled lead to something positive. spoo we'll wait and watch. thank you for waiting and watching with us. there are plans to open a haunted house this month in pennsylvania but it might not be good for folks that live next to it. an explosion of bedbugs recently. we're not talking new york city, cleveland. cincinnati. chicago. they are confirmed infestation. you won't believe how big this,
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i don't know can we call at it bedbug epidemic. certainly a rob. we'll try to characterize the size for you. president obama making a statement about the middle east peace process. we're watching the white house for that to happen. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu will join him and as soon as the president begins talking we'll have that for you.
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dialogue. we have an update on hurricane earl. hurricane warnings are being extended all of dare county, north carolina coastline. is now under a hurricane warning. that extends from surf city north to virginia. tourists are evacuating two islands near the outer banks because of hurricane earl. this is wrightsville, north carolina where they are bracing to see earl sometime tomorrow night and cape may, new jersey is on the right and we're going
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to watch for the impact there on saturday and again already those rip tide warnings, wave warnings up and down the eastern seaboard. we'll talk with the hurricane center coming up. president obama is make acstatement about the mid east peace process in a few minutes. israel prime minister benjamin netanyahu will join the president. they've been meeting this morning about that peace process. we're keeping an eye on the white house and have that for you. defense secretary robert gates says it will be up to history to decide whether the iraq war was worth it. this morning gates and vice president joe bidening marked the formal transition from the u.s. combat mission to a training and advisory role for the remaining 50,000 troops. iraqi troops are taking lead responsibility for their country's security. we've kept a promise, a promise made to the american people and to the people of iraq by drawing down forces. >> last night in a prime time
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oval office address to the nation, president obama announced the end of that combat mission. a seven year war that claimed more than 4400 american lives. do you think that there's any question how history will judge the iraq war? >> you know, i think that depends on what side of the debate you're on if you're an iraqi or an american. from the american side i think it's pretty clear we spent trillions of dollars, lost thousands of lives and interevenes in a conflict that we used misleading information to stole our country. for us it's bean huge disaster not just in regards to defeating al qaeda, it super charged recruitment but in regard to the iranian influence spreading through the middle east. >> whatever stability and success the united states has been able to push forward in iraq that that stability is on thin ice right now. the violence still erupts. we saw it last week with coordinated attacks targeting
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the security forces in iraq opinion how optimistic your that the situation remains calm enough, stable enough that our combat troops don't have to go back in? >> well our combat troops are still there. that's with the president's big speech last night. the situation in iraq will continue to deteriorate. as we pull our troops out of supporting the iraqi military or controlling land area itself, then we're relying on a very ten newous sort of low level violence period where there's been no agreements from warring are parties, no agreement on oil law, no agreement with what will what happen the sticity of kirk. >> the administration and the military insist that those soldiers who remain behind, john, are not combat troops. when the violence unfolds that they are there strictly as an advisory and support role. >> contessa, frankly that's misleading. i can tell you and no one has done more than to attack george
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bush and his administration than votevets.org. when i was in iraq in 2003 the very first thing that happened to me is we got attacked. and george bush had just said mission accomplished no more combat troops. we have infant trymen, occupational specialty troops on the ground embed in combat operations right now. even if they are not packageed into a combat mission that's ridiculous. our troops are getting shot at. for the men and women on the ground it's combat. >> john, we'll remember watching to see when the remained earthbound of the troops come home. the president has asked for 2011 to be the goal date. thank you for sharing your perspective. what do reindeer do when they are not pulling santa's sleigh? come on, who needs a deer a beer. come on. hot on the web. older people prefer negative news about young perm. an ohio state university study shows people oldler than 50
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billion taxpayer bailout of the financial sector. also developing the "wall street journal" reports the obama administration is looking at several new ways to boost the sagging recovery, including a second stimulus type measure. under consideration more business tax cuts and a payroll tax cut as well. if you're in the market for a new car, august is usually a great time to buy but apparently not this year. amid the shaky economy the end of cash for clunkers and other discount deals falling flat u.s. automakers are reporting lower august sales. gm sales fell 7% in august compared to july. and ford says its u.s. seams dipped 5%. the company's lowering its fourth quarter production schedule as a result. in washington state police are searching for pair of puppy thieves. that story tops our hot shots. officials believe the man and woman in this individual stuffed the chihuahua in a backpack and walked out the store. tough work which might
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explain why the reindeer is being fed a beer. this is a resort in china. they say the deer guzzles two beers a day, enjoys a nice glass of merlot. i got some messages saying that's animal cruelty. i don't know. some people here disagree. qantas airplane, the engine failed in mid-air caused an emergency landing in san francisco. here's the video. amateur video of the landing. nobody got hurt when the pilot dumped the jet fuel and made that landing yesterday but we're learning now it's very rare for it to happen. the number four engine ripped a hole in the external occasion. australian officials are investigating how that happened. people in some north carolina beaches warned to get out of dodge but not all of them will. plus michael douglas makes a big announcement about his battle with cancer. we'll update you on his prognosis.
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welcome back to msnbc. i'm contessa brewer. breaking newsing right now from pakistan. police say at least 14 people have been killed, three bombs were he did to natd during a shiite muslim procession. at least 100 people were wounded in the attacks and some of those people then rioted attacking police in response to the explosions going off. so a real problem there in that city. tourists are leaving two islands off north carolina's coast right now. we have brand new video coming in from our affiliate wavy-tv. hatteras island and ocracoke island both being evacuated. tourists are being forced off tiled. the hyde county north carolina manager. what's your biggest concern at this point, david? >> we continue to want to ensure
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towardly evacuation of the islands, been going extremely well today. the north carolina ferry service has been managing the crowd very well and we don't anticipate any problems, getting everyone off that needs to get off prior to the storm. >> if you think it's so important for tourists to leave why are the locals being allowed to stay. >> actually, we have initiated a mandatory evacuation for all residents off the island, all occupants. we're not specifying the difference between tourists and residents. we want everyone to get off that needs to and wants to. and if they remain after the time the public safety shuts down that will be their personal decision and we will gear back up when the storm is over. >> david, thank you so much for your time. i know it's a busy time four. let me bring in the director of the national hurricane center. describe, if you will, the biggest danger, the biggest threat you think from earl. >> well, right now the biggest threat is if it doesn't turn as
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soon as we're predicting right now to the northeast and north, coming out of the open caribbean waters off testify bahamas towards the carolinas that we could have a direct hit on the outer banks of the carolinas, which is why we have a hurricane warning up there, and so many places have executed evacuation orders. >> and at this point, does it seem like the biggest threat -- i know you'll be watching this computer model but it's going to be to these offshore islands? >> that's always the case. the first, the barrier islands are the most vulnerable because they are immediately in harm's way. yes, this storm in particular with the projected track paralleling the coast of the u.s., that all of our beach front areas from the carolinas through southern new england are going to experience very high waves, beach erosion, rip currents and all that coming up on the last vacation week of
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summer leading into the labor day weekend. >> bill, i know that the good news is that maybe the be east coast will escape with just rain and wind and some pretty intense surf. it the looks me these computer models send this storm directly into canada's provinces, nova scotia, newfoundland, brunswick. how big is the threat for those eastern provinces of canada? >> that's correct. at the end of the forecast, beyond three days, day four and five running across the maritimes. >> thank you very much. let me go the white house. president obama along with the israeli prime minister. and throughout the middle east. i'll have more to say about today's meetings not only with prime minister benjamin netanyahu, but with the other participants of the talks here in the rose garden later this afternoon. but i did want to specifically
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take some time out to speak to the people of israel and to the region about the senseless slaughter that took place near hebron yesterday. there are going to be extremists and rejectionists who rather than seeking peace are going to be seeking destruction. and the tragedy that we saw yesterday where people were gunned down on the street by terrorists who are purposely trying to undermine these talks is an example of what we're up against. but i want everybody to be very clear, the united states is going to be unwavering in its support of israel security and
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we are going to push back against these kinds of terrorist activities. and so the message should go out to hamas and everybody else who is taking credit for these heinous crimes that this is not going stop us from not only ensuring a secure israel but also securing a longer lasting peace in which people throughout the region can take a different course. i also want to express the deepest condolences to the american people, to the families of those who were gunned down. and. i want to thank prime minister benjamin netanyahu during a very difficult time for his country, still being so committed to the cause of peace that he's here with us today. prime minister? >> thank you. thank you, mr. president, for
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expressing what i think is the sentiment of decent people every where in the face of this savagery and brutality. four innocent people were gunned down and seven new orphans were add by people who have no respect for human life or trample human rights into the dust. and butcher everything that they oppose. i think that the president's statement is an expression of our desire to fight against this terror. and the talks that we had which were, indeed, open, productive, serious in the quest for peace also centered around the need to have security arrangements that are able to roll back this kind of terror and other threats to israel's security. that is a fundamental element and an important foundation of
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the peace that we seek and work for and i appreciate, mr. president, your efforts to advance this peace for us and for our neighbors, for our region, and i think we can say for the world. thank you. >> thank you. let me just say that i will be meeting with president abbas this afternoon. he condemned this outrageous attack as well. i have the utmost confidence in him and his belief in a two state solution in which the people of israel and the palestinians are living side-by-side in peace and security. and so i'm also grateful to him for his presence here today. we got a lot of work to do. there will be those who are going to do everything they can to undermine these talks but we're going to remain stallworth and so to prime minister
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benjamin netanyahu and to prime minister abbas as well as to king of jordan i'm very grateful for their participation. i'll have a longer discussion about that this afternoon after our bilateral meetings, thank you. that president obama and prime minister of israel. one of several meetings that the president has. he's meeting with palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas and the king of jordan and the president of egypt as well. we'll keep you updated on those situations but let's talk about this with the executive director of the american israeli cooperative enterprise the author of "the arab lobby." when you hear the israeli prime minister and the president condemning this hamas attack against four jewish citizens, killed four, one of them was a pregnant woman, the parents of six kids, i mean how can peace
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ever move forward when you have people who are willing to take innocent lives? >> well, i think the president's statement was very important because in order for israel to take very difficult risks for peace, they need to feel that the united states is behind them and i think that the president's statement helps in that regard. as you say one. keys is the continuation of violence and after fighting three wars and losing over 1,000 israeli citizens just in the last ten years, the people of israel desperately want peace but they want to have some assurance if they give up additional territory that they will, indeed, get peace in return and not a continuation of this kind of senseless violence. >> can the israeli prime minister keep his citizens from settling these conflicted areas? that's one of the -- it's sort of the bee under their bonnet. >> well, the prime minister has made this commitment over the last year. and if you look back, when prime minister benjamin netanyahu was
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the prime minister, his first term, he was the one who carried out the last large scale withdrawal from the west bank. he's a person very serious about peace. but realizes you can only have peace with security and you can't simply give way territory with no expectation that at the end of the day there won't be continuation of these kinds of senseless and brutal attacks. >> thank you so much for your time. i really appreciate your perspective. >> thank you. there's a worldwide search for a mom and her two sons. even the state department is getting involved. plus apple is about to make a big announcement. more on that just ahead. : cod so really save you 15% or more on car insurance?
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harm to your health than you think. researchers found even the lowest level of cigarette smoke raises thing risk of lung cancer and other serious lung diseases by affecting the cells that line the airways. we have brand new numbers right now showing a recent dramatic decrease in the number of people entering this country illegally. according to a report just release this hour, the number of people entering the country illegally fell more from 2007 to 2009 than in the previous five years. now a lot of factors could be at play here including stepped up border patrol efforts pap few hours ago border patrol officer announced another expansion. this one mand aircraft land in corpus christi, texas between of them capable of patrolling most of the border at the same time. when we're looking at border security, what are we seeing in
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terms of expansion that seems to be leading to so much success in stopping this illegal cross border traffic? >> reporter: good afternoon. probably two reasons for the diminishment of the number of people crossing into the border. what we're seeing the beefed up security measures throughout the border but also the issue of jobs. let's not forget people cross the border not because they want to see disney world but because they want to come here and work. so if there are no jobs available, they are going to be coming over less. the fact is there's a huge tunnel of communication between the hispanics that are here illegally in the united states and those that they have in their countries of origin and they talk to friends, family members, all day. and when the communication comes over that there are no jobs available, add to that the 1070 arizona law and also the fact that the border is beefed up as far as security is concerned, people tend to want to cross the border less. >> when we're looking at the
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concern here about illegal immigration, part of the concern is that people will come here and take american jobs but part of the other concern is the violence itself. it has really encompassed mexico in this deadly barbaric drug war. you have this american guy now arrested and i know that's one of the reasons why you're in mexico city, an american guy arrested for heading up some of that violence. what are you learning about the arrest of the man they call barbie? >> reporter: his name is edgard valdez villarreal but call him le barbie because he's blonde haired and blue eyes. he got his criminal career started in laredo, texas until the early '90s when he just started getting in trouble with the law. even decided to cross over to where his parents are from and since then he has been on an incredible violent spree. ended up being one of the top, you know, henchmen in this drug
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war there is in mexico, 28,000 people killed here in the past couple of years alone. but this guy, edgard valdez villarreal is really a serialistic. mexican authorities released -- you know how we have the perp walk. here they have the perp talk. so in the perp talk the guy is talking like you and i are, yeah, i know this guy, the top killers. they say what do you do? i have investments in colombia. what do you? you know. no i don't. i do drugs. like a regular talk. one of the most violent people. been in jail. $2.5 million reward on his head. they hope to get him back soon. >> thank you. we've been talking online today about the president's push for middle east peace and how he can
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succeed. >> one tweets bringing peace to the middle east is difficult but what you don't try there won't be any peace. peter write, it's called kicking the empty can forward and american middle east politics, every president does that and leaves the can on the road. omar responds, i'm cautiously optimistic. if you want to reach out to me, my e maim address is contessa@msnbc.com. as we mentioned earlier president obama is holding middle east peace talks at the white house today. he just met and just talked with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. in a little more than a half hour from now he bheets the palestinian president mahmoud abbas. two hours from now he talks with jordan's king and in more than three hours he'll meet with the egyptian president. we'll hear from all five leaders at 7:00 p.m. eastern tonight. [ woman ] nine iron, it's almost tee-time... time to face the pollen that used to make me sneeze... my eyes water. but now zyrtec®, the fastest 24-hour allergy relief,
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we're watching for apple's big announcement pinpoint is hosting a music themed event that is likely to unveil updated ipods. they speculate the company could show off a new version of its apple tv set top box opinion i want doesn't get any more disgusting than bedbugs. such a huge problem. it's a law for new york city landlords to tell meant physician they had bedbugs. how do you get rid of them? mike taibbi looks into that. >> reporter: there's probably no one who knows more about bedbugs than this man. >> this run is red. feeding. >> reporter: he has been collecting and stew dig them for decades and demonstrating let them feed on him. as long as they are not known disease carriers. urban cities across the country
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almost got rid of them for good after world war i until ddt and other pesticides were banned and they had a come back. in new york city confirmed infestations jumped from 82 in 2004 to more than 4,000 last year. the big apple still tops a list put out by terminex ever cities with the biggest bedbug problem followed by philadelphia at number two and detroit at number three. a surprise four of the top 15 are in ohio. middle america. it's all fodder for psychiatric consultations. >>it's a mystery because you can't see them so well, particularly bedbugs and also the sense of loss of control. >> reporter: and for late night comics. you folks applauding or trying to kill bed bugs. >> the scariest place about bedbugs, no place is safe. >> reporter: but there's a growing problem no one can
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control. can being fought with steam and frequent vacuuming. some people still live with this. really. >> colonies as thick as this. >> yes. some place i've been in person lying on this bed had all these bugs crawling on them that much. >> reporter: crawling and feeding their way across the country. mike taibbi, nbc news, new york. >> hollywood icon michael douglas has started treatment for cancer. the oscar winner actor and producer spoke openly for the first time being diagnosed with stage four throat cancer snipe finished my first week of radiation and chemo. it's about an eight week struggle. percentages are very good. i would hate to say but right now it should be 80%. >> it says that you're just taking it head on. >> you have to but this is the
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first week and the chemo and the radiation, the radiation continues to burn your mouth and becomes more difficult to swallow. >> i feel i want to do something for you. can i do something for you? >> give me a hug. >> all right. >> we'll keep our fingers crossed for him. this wraps up this hour for me. i'm brew. andrea mitchell is up next. stay with us. no oil has flowed into the gulf for weeks, but it's just the beginning of our work. i'm iris cross. bp has taken full responsibility for the clean up in the gulf and that includes keeping you informed. my job is to listen to the shrimpers and fishermen, hotel and restaurant workers and find ways to help. i was born in new orleans. my family still lives here.
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ing right now on "andrea mitchell reports" hurricane earl barreling towards the east coast. a hurricane warning is now in effect for the north carolina coast. evacuations are under way on hatteras and ocracoke islands. president obama had an update from the fema madministrator.

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